Well Hello There, Yosemite

Over the years I’ve made no bones about the fact that I mostly prefer to enjoy the nature from the comfort of, say, a moving car. Or while relaxing on a couch in our living room. My preference for the great indoors has nothing to do with a lack of appreciation for the nature; it’s mainly because – in this part of the country, at least – being one-on-one with the nature means there’s a better than average chance that I’m going to be burning slap up. And people, I am no fan of the heat.

The older I get, though, the more God gets my attention in and through the nature. I don’t know why that is, exactly, but I will say that it’s some sweet, sweet irony for a girl who has spent years avoiding any sort of camping-related activity. I’ve actually turned into one of those people who TAKES PICTURES OF SUNSETS, for crying out loud. Not to mention that when I was in Ecuador back in November, I was moved to tears when I realized that the round rocks along the riverbank provided the perfect place for our canoes to anchor, followed shortly by another realization that OH MY WORD IT’S LIKE I DON’T EVEN KNOW MYSELF ANYMORE.

I suspect that my increasing wonder where the nature is concerned has something to do with a deeper sense of gratitude for how majestic and creative God is – and how kind He is to share that creation with us. The consistency of His character is evident in all of His creation, and I love that I can remember that by doing nothing more than looking out a window. Or by walking outside and taking in the scenery. Or maybe even by hiking while surrounded by all sorts of nature. But only if I’m feeling particularly crazy, of course.

Yesterday I ran across a video that proved to me all over again that the nature, it really is something else (EVEN WHEN YOU’RE WATCHING IT ON THE COMPUTER), and oh my goodness – it was mighty sweet of God to give us such a spectacular gift.


Yosemite HD from Project Yosemite on Vimeo.

“For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies, for the love which from our birth, over and around us lies: Lord of all, to Thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise.” – Pierpoint

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” – James 1:17

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  1. And it’s even more breathtaking in person….

    We are blessed to spend a week there every summer– a visit to the park should be on everyone’s life list, in my humble opinion. We love Yosemite!!!!

    They have deluxe accommodations for the non-camping types! ;)

  2. Amy in Italy says:

    I can SO relate (while still not having a profound yearning to set up a tent). At first I thought my new-found love of nature came from the fact that the landscape I was admiring was Italian, but then I came to the same conclusion: gratitude for undeserved beauty. (He didn’t have to make the Mediterranean seaside/sunsets!!!).

    Thanks for sharing this!

  3. Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I feel very grateful that Yosemite is practically in my backyard. This short clip reminded me never to take it for granted.

  4. We were stationed in CA for 15 months and took a trip up there – so pretty!! I did, however, nearly have a heart attack when I saw some climbers half-way up a cliff near sunset. My husband explained to me that they would sleep in some contraption up there!!

  5. I grew up in CA and moved away right before my 40th bday. I am so thankful for the many visits that I was able to make to the beautiful Yosemite. It is, without a doubt, more breath taking in person. My daughter was able to visit Yosemite last summer. The water falls were at full capacity. I was able to only see it through the photos. If you ever get the oppurtunity to get yourself there, take it! Yosemite is one of God’s greatest works of art!

  6. I read here often but rarely post…I am one of those people who take pictures of the sunset and just wrote something about that yesterday:

    I live in California and have NEVER been to Yosemite, can you believe it??? It is one of those things I figure I’ll get around to because it is so close. For crying out loud, I’m almost there once a month when I travel for business! It is now #1 on my bucket list. Have a blessed day!

  7. I have never been a fan of the great outdoors either. Just like you, I am no fan of the heat. It’s like I can’t breathe when it’s hot. I never understood my friend’s love … and I mean love … for pulling their camper all over the United States. I would much rather stay in a nice comfy hotel. But when I got sick 4 years ago and was paralyzed for a year, I began to look at things differently. During that time I did a bible study with some friends over the Psalms. I made the comment one day that I didn’t understand why David would refer so often to trees and rocks. I made the comment, “I don’t speak tree”. Now I get it. Now I see the beauty of trees and the comfort of hiding in the cleft of a rock. I was given a devotion from a friend one time that said with each sunrise God is reminding us He loves. The sun will always rise, and He will always be there. I began to look at the sunset differently. It says to me, He will be with me in the darkness and the light will come.

  8. On of my favorite places on earth (along with Yellowstone)! Yes He is a great and awesome God!!

  9. Yosemite is on my list of places to visit! As I watched the video I kept hearing my 3 year old say, “Didn’t God paint us a pretty sky?!”

  10. Wouldn’t it be cool if God somehow had a recording of Creation that we get to watch in Heaven? I’d be beside myself. Something tells me he would have been the camera director and at the end of every day, we would say with Him how good it is!

  11. Mary Kat's Mom says:

    Wow! Thank you! Being a beach girl I’ve never been to that side but I surely would like to experience that in person! God’s creation is amazing!

  12. Awesome video! My husband was able to go to Yosemite about 15 years ago and loved it so much. I think it will have to go on the bucket list of places we want to take our children before they leave the nest!

  13. 1. You just inspired me to make a major effort to see Yosemite before we leave Cali this coming summer.
    2. There are places in this country where you can hike without being so hot. The Pacific Northwest comes to mind. Places here in SoCal too, at certain times of the year. I was in the best shape when we lived in the PNW because we hiked every chance we had.

  14. Isn’t that video amazing? I saw it the other day and immediately added Yosemite to my list of places to see. I love those night-time shots of the stars & Milky Way spiraling around the earth.

  15. “…the rocks will cry out!”

  16. All I hear in my ear is Cindy singing HOW GREAT THOU ART……wanna go camping with all four of our boys next weekend? JK!!!

  17. God really is Magnificent.

  18. And that half dome that you see in the video. I have been to the very top of that. It is breathtaking and one of the most memorable moments in my life so far.

  19. Amazing. We had the chance to see it a few years ago when the Army lovingly relocated us to the high desert of California. Yosemite is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.
    A great reminder of how big and how great our God is.

  20. I forgot to add….
    The Giant Sequoias are breath-taking. My favorite part of the trip.

  21. My favorite spot! I actually have a picture of me standing at that lookout point–Glacier Point, I think it’s called. We worked a trip in to Yosemite after a visit to San Francisco. It was bee-yootiful. But, I did see a bear on that trip, so it didn’t do much to make me love the nature. If you ever go, there’s a great little lodge called Evergreen Lodge where you can stay and enjoy lots o’ comforts…to help you feel like your normal self amid all the nature and such. :)

  22. Wow…that video is beautiful!! Tearing up, I am. “I couldn’t see past me, til I saw you”. Precious!

  23. And now I’m all verklempt. Again. You speak the truth woman. Love you to pieces, BooMama!
    Amy in Austin

  24. Yosemite…it is one of the most beautiful places in the world that I have had the chance to visit. In the past 2 years, I have visited Yosemite at least 10 times. Every season is just as beautiful as the last one. There is so much to explore there and for me, it never grows old. I pray that you have the chance to visit in person one day.

  25. Those are MY MOUNTAINS! This post reminds me of when we were out in the middle of Gods country and you could not stop taking pictures of that tree out in the African Bush. I have not looked at a tree since without remembering YOU! Miss you a ton! H

  26. You know, I am one for enjoying the nature from afar as well (other than the beach, I can always appreciate the beach at any time). But I thank God very often for the amazing beauty of this world we live in. :)

  27. I LOVE seeing what God has created for us. “How Great Thou Art” usually springs to mind. But you had me cracking up with “THE nature. Not “nature”, but “THE nature”. Love it!

  28. Oh my heavens but that is beautiful! :-) My hubby is obsessed with going back to Yosemite. He was there for a school trip he led like 5 years ago and he still talks about it all the time . . . We are determined to take some kiddos at some point! :-)

  29. Our family had the blessing of visiting Yosemite in the summer of 2004. On one of the days, we parked the rental car (a Ford Explorer) at the base of El Capitan and walked across the road to the meadow to take a picture. I’ll never forget turning around and to look back up at El Capitan and seeing that Explorer sitting there. It looked like a Matchbox car. All I could think was, ” so that’s what He means when He says He is The Rock!” We serve an awesome God!

  30. My husband and I watched some station at the hotel TV that showed some similar footage when we were in town for SSMTC last weekend. Only the background music was some Native-American chanting type song. Since it was approaching midnight, we spent more time “translating” the chanting than appreciating the beauty. (And, yes, peyote was mentioned a time or two in our translations! Because tiredness brings out the silly in us.)

    But it really is such a beautiful reminder of what a creative God we serve!